The 2022 USFL season has not disappointed fans through the first six weeks of the season. The league’s unique rules and team identities have led to a fun product. It just took a few games for certain coaches to find who their best players were and how they could maximize their talent.
This slate of games was capped off by a game-winning touchdown by New Jersey as time expired. There was also a thrilling upset by Philadelphia to start the weekend. We’ll break it all down right here at OddsTrader.
OddsTrader’s Betting Edge
• Bandits quarterback Jordan Ta’amu continues to feel the pressure and is caving without enough help around him.
• The Panthers offense doesn’t create enough chunk plays to survive quality foes.
• The South Division has the best two teams in the league, no questions asked.
• An injury to Generals’ starting QB De’Andre Johnson could put their title hopes in massive jeopardy.
Our full coverage of the 2022 USFL season continues as we’re recapping the results from Week 6 and previewing the point spreads and lines of Week 7. Everything you need to know about betting on the United States Football League.
Let’s dive into what happened last week first.
USFL Week 6 Results
Philadelphia Stars 35 – Tampa Bay Bandits 28
After a hot start to the season, the Tampa Bay Bandits simply can’t get out of their own way. They dropped to 3-3 after a one-score loss to the Stars. It wasn’t just that the Stars were better, but the Bandits gifted them three turnovers that led to 14 points.
Bandits quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has continued to feel the pressure build throughout the season and he has caved without enough help around him. His first-quarter interception put the Stars on the 10-yard line.
Shortly after, the Stars recovered a muffed punt that set them up at the 17-yard line. Being gifted two turnovers inside the red zone helps a lot.
The Bandits Are a Quality Team
Tampa Bay is a quality team nevertheless. They had the chance to win in the final seconds but their bid stalled at the 5-yard line. This is a team that must quickly get back on track or risk blowing what was a promising start to the year.
Meanwhile, this was a massive win for Philadelphia. The Stars have proven capable of hanging around and staying in the mix with a mistake or two.
Birmingham Stallions 33 – Michigan Panthers 17
The undefeated continue to roll. The Stallions have done nothing but establish themselves as the prohibitive favorite in the USFL. At 6-0, they’ve not only beaten their best competition, but they’re continually able to win in a variety of different ways.
This week featured former bruising Alabama tailback, Bo Scarborough, as their primary force. Scarborough just signed two weeks ago and logged 16 carries for 105 yards and one score. His punishing style is a major headache for defenses to deal with. He’s a perfect compliment to dual-threat quarterback J’Mar Smith.
The Panthers Don’t Have What It Takes
The Panthers, though, simply don’t have what it takes to be more than a nagging presence in most games. Their quarterback play wasn’t even a big problem this week as Shea Patterson completed almost 69 percent of his passes and had just one turnover.
But the offense doesn’t create enough chunk plays to survive quality foes, and the defense is no longer as tough as they were to start the year.
Michigan will need to consider moving on from Jeff Fisher as their head coach at the conclusion of the season. He was gifted the top overall pick and arguably has the worst team in the league.
New Orleans Breakers 26 – Pittsburgh Maulers 16
The South Division has the best two teams in the league, no questions asked. The New Orleans Breakers aren’t as bulletproof as the Stallions are, but at 4-2 with an impressive offensive arsenal, they’re dangerous. They have a lower floor than Birmingham but it didn’t show this week.
The 1-5 Maulers were beatdown in this one despite surging over the previous few weeks. The Breakers were up by 20 at one point in the fourth, then took their foot off the gas. Cornerback Ike Brown nabbed two picks, including a 97-yard pick-six.
New Orleans simply wore out Pittsburgh even without an explosive offense. Their longest play from scrimmage was just 15 yards. But they were consistent at taking chunks out of Pittsburgh, and the Maulers had no shot.
The Maulers Are Back to Being a Mess
Pittsburgh went back to being a mess after a promising few games in a row. Quarterback Vad Lee was unable to find a groove after playing well in his debut last week. He tossed two interceptions and completed half of his passes.
His accuracy was all over the place. While his upside is intriguing, his potential downside could tank the consistency the team was starting to find. It’s a tough line to balance when you’re 1-5 though.
New Jersey Generals 26 – Houston Gamblers 25
Every passing week becomes a test of how Houston can figure out how to lose. Now at 1-5, the Gamblers are the worst team in the USFL. They’re habitually in a position to win late but squander their opportunity.
It happened again against a solid New Jersey Generals team. A good example is what occurred in the third quarter. The Gamblers blocked a field goal, picked up by defender Donald Payne, but he then fumbled the ball at the Houston 47. The Generals then converted their new opportunity into a touchdown after 10 plays.
The Gamblers Lose On the Last Play Again
The Gamblers lost this one on the final play of the game, just like last week. Generals’ quarterback Luis Perez executed a quarterback sneak as the clock hit zero and the game was over. They were up five points after a scoop-and-score about midway through the fourth quarter.
However, they would have been up more if they hadn’t turned the ball several times. The fact is New Jersey was able to win with their backup quarterback, who had just been benched out of their two-quarterback system last week. Starter De’Andre Johnson was knocked out in the first quarter.
His injury could put the Generals’ title hopes in massive jeopardy.
USFL Week 7 Betting Preview
Here you’ll find the best point spreads and lines for Week 7 of the USFL’s season. All odds are courtesy of FanDuel!
New Jersey Generals vs. Tampa Bay Bandits
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium
- Point Spread: New Jersey Generals -4 (-110)
- Moneyline: Generals ML -165
- Total Over/Under: 42.5 (-110)
New Orleans Breakers vs. Michigan Panthers
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 09:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium
- Point Spread: New Orleans Breakers -5.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Breakers ML -260
- Total Over/Under: 41.5 (-110)
Birmingham Stallions vs. Pittsburgh Maulers
Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 02:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium
- Point Spread: Birmingham Stallions -12.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Stallions ML -630
- Total Over/Under: 41 (-110)
Philadelphia Stars vs. Houston Gamblers
Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium
- Point Spread: Philadelphia Stars -4.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Stars ML -200
- Total Over/Under: 43.5 (-110)